Bike sharing comes to Harrisburg: Here's how to use the new service

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October 4, 2017 - Live or work in Harrisburg? Now you can rent a bike to get around the city.

The bike-sharing service Zagster has set up nine stations across the capital where it will rent 55 bicycles. Two more stations are in the works.

Bikes are available for a $25 annual fee with trips of less than two hours free and $2 per hour for longer trips. They can also be rented without a membership for $2 per hour for up to 10 hours. (Those who keep the bikes for more than 24 hours will be charged a $50 overtime fee.)

Ninety-three percent of proceeds are earmarked for the nonprofit Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, which serves local students and their families.

How does the system work?

  1. Download the Zagster app on your phone and join the Harrisburg bike share.
  2. Plug the bike number (For example #1234) into the app and receive a unique code to unlock the bike.
  3. Dial that lock code, remove the docking cable and use the bike. (With helmet, of course.)
  4. Return the bike at any other station. Press and hold the lock button on the keypad until the light flashes.
  5. Find the orange tab on the ring lock and slide it down. Place the docking cable from the station into the port on the ring lock. Tap "End Ride" in the Zagster app.
  6. The lock can also be used on any public bike rack with the unique code for mid-ride stops.